Posted on 10th October 2017

What is Human Resources?

What is Human Resources?

Human Resources is the department within a business or organisation responsible for the hiring, training and administration of staff. The HR department is essential within any business or organisation and it requires a wide range of skills and abilities to keep both employees and management happy. As well as this, the HR team may also take on a number of responsibilities such as:

Writing and distributing employee handbooks

Employee handbooks are an essential part of every business and must be given to each employee once they start a new role within the company. These handbooks will state every important aspect of the business and what you expect from your employees.

Employee handbooks mainly cover aspects of company culture, ethics, policies and procedures, and may need to be updated when new policies, for example, are put in place. It is, therefore, of the utmost importance that employee handbooks are written correctly, include every key aspect and are maintained.

It is up to the HR department to keep these up-to-date, hand them out to all recruits and carry out relevant research and look into ways they can improve throughout the years to keep up with current legislation and policies.

Employee management

The HR department will have a lot of involvement with employees and will most likely be the first people employees turn to when they have an issue or enquiry. The HR department will also make employees feel valued and as though they have someone to turn to. However, this is not only effective for employees but also senior members of staff as they are not taken away from their daily, hectic roles to deal with job-related enquiries.

The HR department will deal with a wide range of employee related tasks, such as:

  • Interviewing for new positions
  • Pay and salary enquires
  • Company benefits
  • Stress management
  • Absence
  • Conflict with a co-worker
  • Annual leave
  • Complaints
  • Arranging employee reviews
  • Dealing with staff at all levels
  • Training and development
  • Terminating contracts

Promoting health and safety

Human Resources also has a key role in promoting health and safety for your business. The HR department can carry out and arrange efficient practices to do this such as risk assessments, fire alarm checks, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) and emergency light testing. As well as this, the HR department can keep employees updated on new health and safety procedures, inform them where the emergency exits are and give them the opportunity to ask any questions about their own health and safety in the building, coming up with effective solutions that will keep both the employee and organisation happy.

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